Entangled Publishing’s Brazen line has been good to me lately. I seem to like every one I’ve picked up, which is the main reason I chose One Night with a Hero to review. This one seemed a little steamier, more emotional, but with less humor than the others I’ve read. I’ve never read Laura Kaye before, but I do have some of her backlist sitting on my TBR list and thought this might be a good place to start.
Brady Scott spies Joss Daniels sitting on her blanket reading and waiting for the 4th of July fireworks to start while he’s out running. Her pink highlights, tattoos and piercings draw him forward to introduce himself. He is a military man, all tall, muscular, and cocky, who just moved to town the night before and is starting a new job in a new city. When they meet the sparks fly, and they end up having what they both agree is just a one night stand in the front cab of Joss’s truck in the darkened parking lot. Neither one realizes Brady is actually Joss’s new next door neighbor.
Joss is a girl who has never had a family. Her childhood was spent in foster homes and her only two relationships ended when the men couldn’t commit to her. Brady is a man tortured by the abuse of his alcoholic father toward he and his sister. He has anger issues that he needs to work out or his military career won’t be going any further. She has problems believing someone wants her enough to commit to her and he has no desire to be in any kind of permanent relationship. She is the girl who looks like a wild child but, who really only wants to have a family and settle down. He is the man who doesn’t believe in marriage or a family will ever be in the future for him. Even though they want very different things, they can’t stay away from each other and fate has a way of bringing them together.
I have some mixed feelings about this story. While I really loved Joss, I thought Brady was a total asshat in some scenes. I mean I know he has daddy issues that he needs to work out, and this causes him to not be able to control his anger sometimes, but dude, he basically uses Joss for sex several times AFTER he realizes they live right next to each other. Joss has no idea why the man seems all hot one minute then cold the next. All that back and forth, whining and pushing her away only to come back and sex her up. There were lots of steamy, passionate sexy scenes, in trucks, on counters, on couches… even a very nice up against the wall scene. Brady does redeem himself in the end, and one of the best parts was that Joss made him work for it. It made their getting back together more believable to me. She had a very rocky childhood and I felt that her making him prove himself made the story work. He does all kinds of sweet things to win her over that made me smile.
This was an emotional, sexy read that I very much enjoyed. The characters were well developed and even with the short length, it didn’t feel rushed. I’m going to be checking out my TBR list to see what of this author’s backlist I have waiting on me. Final Grade B-
He kissed her mouth, his cock punching against his jeans. “I ache I want you so much. I will always want you. Don’t ever question it.”
“Okay,” she whispered